INFORMATION GATHERED from accident reports and near-misses has prompted an update to training on loading and unloading MEWPs and other plant equipment safely from trucks or trailers.
The latest analysis of global data gathered by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) shows most accidents, resulting in lost-time injuries and even on occasion fatalities, during delivery of MEWPs occur during loading or unloading. As a result, IPAF decided to overhaul its existing Load/Unload course, with new training materials being unveiled to instructors in a Professional Development Seminar on 11 November.
Last year IPAF invested in its worldwide accident reporting and analysis project, leading to a more comprehensive Global MEWP Safety Report.
Earlier this year IPAF also updated and relaunched its Incident Reporting Portal, aimed at gathering more granular data about accidents and near-misses.
IPAF found that the data showed the most likely people to be involved in a MEWP-related incident are those loading and unloading and these operatives are key to the industry.
Addressing MEWP loading issues
Peter Douglas, IPAF CEO & MD, said, “Analysing data has allowed the updated training course to directly address those issues that affect people loading or unloading, and provide knowledge and recommended protocols to help prevent accidents before they happen.
“This is exactly the reason why we place so much emphasis on our accident reporting project – only through good data and exhaustive analysis of accidents and near-misses can we identify high-risk situations, uncover underlying causes of why operators get into difficulty, and address these through our training programme, industry technical guidance, Andy Access safety campaigns and Toolbox Talks series.”
Paul Roddis, IPAF Training Manager, says: “The revamped training is still an instructor-led theory course, though it has a completely new look and feel. We were able to incorporate information directly from the incident-reporting portal, to fine-tune the training so that it addresses the most common problems and risk scenarios anyone loading or unloading machines might face.”
All information covered in the course content conforms to EN 12195 Load-restraining on road vehicles — Safety and references both the IPAF best practice guidance Load and Unload and Loading And Unloading Mewps on the Public Highway.
Roddis adds: “This is an excellent new course to complement those that IPAF Training Centres already offer. It is highly recommended learning for anyone operating, hiring, maintaining, delivering or managing MEWPs; there is a great deal in the training course that is applicable to a range of plant machines, including dumpers, diggers, telehandlers, rollers or forklifts.”